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Mahoney looking to excite during Millwall tenure

Read from The Lions' new winger...

9 July 2019

Connor Mahoney hopes for a long and successful career at Millwall - and is looking forward to "getting fans off their seats" after joining The Lions on Tuesday morning.

The 22-year-old arrives at The Den from AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee on a long-term contract, and will join his new team-mates ahead of the annual pre-season training trip to Portugal.

Mahoney becomes Neil Harris' fourth summer signing, after Alex Pearce, Frank Fielding and Matt Smith all put pen-to-paper earlier in the close-season.

Speaking to after the completion of his move, Mahoney stated his delight at getting the deal done, and also explained what is to come for Lions fans over the course of the 2019/20 campaign and more.

"I'm delighted to finally be here," he said. "I can settle down with the lads this week before heading off to Portugal on Friday, and hopefully this is the beginning of a long and successful career for me down here at Millwall.

"I'm an exciting player, exciting to watch. I work hard for the team and for the club, but also want to bring something different - quality on the ball, getting fans off their seats. They pay good money to come and watch us, so hopefully there's a successful season around the corner."

Mahoney's career has taken him from Accrington Stanley to The Den via Blackburn Rovers, Barnsley and Bournemouth, with the winger expressing his gratitude for boss Harris - a "massive factor" in his decision to move to SE16.

Connor, winner of Birmingham City's Young Player of the Year award during a loan spell at St. Andrew's last season, is looking forward to getting to know his new team-mates and building fitness ahead of Millwall's third consecutive Sky Bet Championship campaign."

"Neil was a massive factor in getting me here. He has been very persistent over the last few weeks to get the deal over the line, which for me, as a player, is wonderful. It was an easy decision for me, I can't wait to get going.

"I played against almost everyone last season, at The Den and at Birmingham, and I know Bradders from my time at Barnsley. I'm excited to meet them all, I think we'll all gel well when we're away in Portugal, it's a perfect chance to get some team bonding in before the season starts.

"I want to make a good impression in that first game. I'm taking each week, each game as it comes, build my minutes up whilst in Portugal, and then when I come back, try to get some more. Then I'll be ready for the new season."

Whilst the 2018/19 campaign resulted in The Lions maintaining their Championship status, the ambitions of Mahoney, Harris and everyone at the club are to be better this time round - and the winger can't wait to get started.

"Last season wasn't the best for the club, but I was speaking to the gaffer and he was telling me about the season before, in which we had a top-half finish. I think that's our ambition for this season, finishing there, and then you never know what might happen.

"I'm looking forward to every game, the derbies with Charlton Athletic, the Luton Town game that has just been announced to be shown on Sky, but I'm also looking forward to my first game at The Den, which will hopefully be the first game of the campaign against Preston North End."

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